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Happy Warrior: James Thomas Byford McCudden VC
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by Alex Revell
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Aeronaut Books (May 26, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1935881345
ISBN-13: 978-1935881346
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.7 x 11 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds

Following his family's military tradition, James McCudden began his career as a professional soldier in 1910, at the age of 15, as a bugle boy in the Royal Engineers. In the class dominated society of Great Britain of his time, his relatively humble origins meant that he could expect to rise through the ranks no further than sergeant major, that of a commissioned officer beyond his reach. The war of 1914-18 was to change that. Opportunities for commissioned rank were awarded on merit rather than autocracy. At the outbreak of war James McCudden was an engine mechanic, but within four years, by sheer hard work and devotion to duty he and risen through the ranks to be a highly decorated Major: a fighter pilot with 56 official aerial victories to his credit. But his success as a fighter pilot was only part of his worth. Unlike many of his contemporaries McCudden studied the tactical aspects of air fighting, applying them to what he saw as his most important duty as a Flight Commander: to minimize the casualties suffered by his Flight. He was tragically killed in a flying accident in July 1918, flying to France to take command of a squadron. The story is supported by 275 rare photographs.
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Flight Badges of the Central Powers, 1914-1918
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Volume I - The Imperial German Army Aviation & Commemorative Airship Badges
by CDR. Robert S. Pandis USNR (ret.)
Series: Revised Edition
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Imperial House Antiques; 2nd edition (2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1495137848
ISBN-13: 978-1495137846
Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds

Flight Badges of the Central Powers, 1914-1918, Volume I - The Imperial German Army Aviation & Commemorative Airship Badges. Hardback. Now 320 pages. English text. This is the new larger and heavily upgraded revision to the sold out "Imperial German Flight Badges, Volume I - The Imperial German Army Aviation & Commemorative Airship Badges." The book's data has been completely updated with many new badges identified plus 135 new large format color pages added.
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Billy Bishop VC. Lone Wolf Hunter: The RAF Ace Re-examined
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by Peter Kilduff
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Grub Street Publishing (October 19, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 190980813X
ISBN-13: 978-1909808133
Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7 x 0.9 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds

William Avery Bishop is recognized as the British Empire's highest-scoring WWI ace, credited with 72 combat victories, third-ranking behind von Richthofen and René Fonck. He scored many of his successes on his own, prevailing only by dint of personal courage, daring and superior marksmanship. This remarkable man's story has been detailed in many books and articles, but renowned author Peter Kilduff is adamant that so far the full truth has not been told. Famed for his evenhanded, thorough, exhaustive and forensic research, Kilduff sets out to bring new light to missions and kills so far steeped in controversy. As so many of Bishop's victories were achieved during solo combat, all will be examined and scrutinized, drawing on German, British and Canadian archival sources, Bishop's private correspondence, and accounts by friends and foes. Such an approach provides as complete an account as possible which also serves as a valuable reference work containing many previously unpublished images.
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Enduring Courage: Ace Pilot Eddie Rickenbacker and the Dawn of the Age of Speed
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by John F. Ross
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Press (May 13, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1250033772
ISBN-13: 978-1250033772
Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 1.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 1 pounds

At the turn of the twentieth century two new technologies-the car and airplane-took the nation's imagination by storm as they burst, like comets, into American life. The brave souls that leaped into these dangerous contraptions and pushed them to unexplored extremes became new American heroes: the race car driver and the flying ace.
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No Man's Sky
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by David Falash
Paperback: 254 pages
Publisher: Black Leaf Publishing (May 4, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1907407901
ISBN-13: 978-1907407901
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 11.5 ounces

No Man's Sky The thrilling adventures of Mick Gallagher continue in this fourth book detailing the young Irish hero's exploits as a member of the Red Baron's Flying Circus squadron!! Sixteen year-old Mick Gallagher lives a life fraught with danger. He now has enemies - and admirers - on every corner of war-torn Europe. One extra-special admirer is Michelle Guerintaux, the French beauty Mick will someday call his wife. Winning her heart was easy; winning over her family risked his life. It is now the spring of 1918. Germany is about to launch its last desperate bid to win the war: Operation Michael. With Russia out of the conflict and the U.S.A. now arriving in full force, the offensive must succeed! Leading the way will be Manfred von Richthofen's Flying Circus, known for its colorful airplanes and ability to move quickly to where the action is thickest. Mick Gallagher, known throughout the world as the Emerald Ace, is about to face his toughest challenges yet! Loaded from start to finish with non-stop military action and intrigue, No Man's Sky is an unputdownable adventure!
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Nieuport 11/16 Bébé vs Fokker Eindecker: Western Front 1916
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by Jon Guttman (Author), Jim Laurier (Illustrator)
Series: Duel (Book 59)
Paperback: 80 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing (April 22, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1782003533
ISBN-13: 978-1782003533
Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.2 x 9.8 inches
Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
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KEK's and Fokkerstaffels
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The Early German Fighter Units in 1915-1916
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Fonthill Media (January 14, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1781552231
ISBN-13: 978-1781552230
Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 9.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds

This is the first time that the history of the German Kampfeinsitzer Kommandos have been gathered in a book. This book not only presents the history of these units and their aces, it also acts as a battlefield guide and describes in exhaustive detail the lives of these early fighter pilots, their dogfights and encounters with death.
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Flight Badges of the Allied Nations 1914-1918
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Volume 1: The French, Russian & Romanian Air Services
by CDR. Robert S. Pandis USNR (ret.)
Series: Flight Badges of the Allied Nations, 1914-1918 (Book 1)
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Robert S. Pandis (2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1495109992
ISBN-13: 978-1495109997
Product Dimensions: 12 x 9 x 3 inches
Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds

A new work on in the series on Flight Badges of the Allied Nations, 1914-1918. This is the third volume offered (Volume 1 in the series) covering the flight badges of the French, Russian, and Romanian Air Services. It includes never before published information and photographs on what is a very difficult area for researchers and collectors. This volume is a "must have" for both serious aviation historians and collectors of these rare decorations.
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Aces of Jagdstaffel 17
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by Greg Vanwyngarden (Author) , Harry Dempsey (Illustrator)
Series: Aircraft of the Aces
Paperback: 96 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing (November 19, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1780967187
ISBN-13: 978-1780967189
Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.2 x 0.3 inches
Shipping Weight: 13 ounces

This German World War I fighter squadron led by a Blue Max recipient didn't include Richtofen (the Red Baron), but it's range of colorful characters was nonetheless impressive. Initially formed to assist in the defence of the city of Metz against French bombing raids, Royal Prussian Jagdstaffel 17 would go on to become one of the most distinguished German fighter units of World War 1. Its first victory was scored by the pilot whose story is inextricably interwoven with that of his unit - the 'Blue Max' recipient Julius Buckler. Buckler would rise from a humble NCO to commander of the Staffel, and overcome numerous wounds to score 35 of the squadron's total of 101 confirmed victories. He was largely responsible for inspiring the unit's unique Esprit de Corps, expressed in its famous and unique 'battle-cry' of 'Malaula!' Indeed, in its final days the unit gained the nickname Zirkus Buckler, or the 'Buckler Circus'. Besides Buckler, Jasta 17 boasted such aces as Karl Strasser, Alfred Fleischer and Christian Donhauser. In addition, the roster included colourful characters like the successful Jewish airman Jakob Wolff, who at over 48 years of age was the oldest German fighter pilot of the war. The story of this illustrious unit is told with many first-hand accounts by Buckler, Fleischer and others, as well as dozens of rare archival photos of the unit's beautifully decorated fighter aircraft.
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Dangerous Duty
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by David Falash
Paperback: 246 pages
Publisher: Black Leaf Publishing (October 9, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1907407839
ISBN-13: 978-1907407833
Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.4 x 8.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces

Flying as a member of the Red Baron's Flying Circus has brought both fame and notoriety to fifteen year-old Mick Gallagher. In his all-green Albatros, Mick has shot down over a dozen Allied airplanes. Fighting for a free and independent Ireland, Mick's personal war against the British Empire has given him enough near-fatal incidents to last two dozen lifetimes. Mick's love for Michelle Guerintaux, his beautiful French girlfriend, has grown stronger throughout this epic peril. Not even Mick's battling against the Allies or his accidental killing of her brother, Pierre Guerintaux, could sever their bond. Mick's devotion to Michelle is so great that he was prepared to die at the hands of a raging Beau Guerintaux, the oldest brother of Michelle and the man who taught Mick how to fly. With their friendship now mended, Mick and Beau paid a surprise visit to reunite with Michelle. Shockingly, they found her cousin Claudette tied up on the floor and Michelle gone! She'd been kidnapped! Mick will stop at nothing to rescue her! Those responsible must be punished! And when he's finished with them, it's back to blasting British pilots out of the sky! This third book in the wildly entertaining Mick Gallagher series, is an action packed page-turner that will delight any reader looking for a good old fashioned adventure yarn!
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The Blue Max Airmen (Vol. 3)
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German Airmen Awarded the Pour le Mérite, Vol.3 (The Blue Max Airmen)
Lance J. Bronnenkant (Author), Jim Miller (Illustrator)
Paperback: 112 pages
Series: The Blue Max Airmen
Paperback: 118 pages
Publisher: Aeronaut Books (September 12, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1935881078
ISBN-13: 978-1935881070
Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces

The Blue Max Airmen series is the real story of the German airmen awarded the Pour le Mérite during the Great War. Author Lance J. Bronnenkant, PhD, and Aeronaut Books are pleased to bring you the most detailed and graphically lavish account of these heroes ever produced, covering the men in context with the war's chronology of events. For each recipient a comprehensive, well-illustrated biography of the man is given, together with photos of the aircraft he flew, followed by details of his service, including other medals awarded. Color profiles of the aircraft are provided both for the interest of enthusiasts and as references for modelers. Volume 3 covers Otto Parschau, Walter Höhndorf, Ernst von Althaus, and Wilhelm Frankl, the sixth through ninth aviation recipients of the Pour le Mérite. Volume 3 includes 165 period photographs and 14 color profiles of aircraft flown by these aces in its 118 pages.
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The Insignia, Uniforms & Equipment of the U. S. Army Balloon Corps: 1917-1922
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by Richard E DesChenes
Paperback: 158 pages
Publisher: Richard DesChenes; 2 edition (September 5, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0615188389
ISBN-13: 978-0615188386
Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 1 pounds

During WWI, the advantage on the battlefield was dictated by the information gathered by the observers in the hydrogen filled balloons of the Balloon Section of the U.S. Army Air Service: they were the forward air controllers of the day. The Balloon Section, or Balloon Corps, was one of the smallest groups on the battlefield during the war, and one that has been least reported about in history. My book is not about the activities of the Balloon Corps as a whole, but a descriptive compilation of the insignias, uniforms, and equipment, along with a general organizational history: which is generally mentioned in passing by most WWI aviation historians. There were only 285 rated balloon pilots in WWI, as compared to the more than 35,000 aeroplane pilots, which makes research on balloon pilots extremely difficult. My book contains hundreds of photos and descriptions that include: unique unit shoulder patches, wing badges, uniforms, Balloon Corps activities and related ephemera. There is an extensive reference bibliography; balloon company information; a short history of the Balloon Corps; a section on conservation; and notes about copies, fantasy pieces and fakes. To date, it is the most comprehensive collection of information on the WWI U.S. Army Balloon Corps between two covers.
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Germany's Fighter Competitions of 1918
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A Centennial Perspective on Great War Airplanes (Great War Aviation Centennial Series) (Volume 8)
by Jack Herris (Author) , Bob Pearson (Illustrator) , Aaron Weaver (Cover Design) , Russell Smith (Cover Design)
Series: Great War Aviation Centennial Series
Paperback: 166 pages
Publisher: Aeronaut Books (June 20, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1935881167
ISBN-13: 978-1935881162
Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
Shipping Weight: 1 pounds

This book describes and illustrates Germany's 1918 fighter development through the story of the three Fighter Competitions with more than 215 rare photos illustrating 70 fighter designs, 65 color profiles, and performance specifications. The German fighter competitions are discussed in the context of the evolving combat environment and Germany's strategic situation. Scale drawings of the Aviatik D.VI and D.VII, Kondor D.II, D.VI, and E.III, SSW D.VI, Fokker V29, Daimler L11, and Zeppelin D.I to 1/48 scale are included in the book's 166 pages. The book is of interest to aviation historians, enthusiasts, and modelers alike.
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Germany's Triplane Craze
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A Centennial Perspective on Great War A Centennial Perspective on Great War Airplanes (Great War Aviation Centennial Series) (Volume 7)
by Jack Herris (Author) , Bob Pearson (Illustrator) , Aaron Weaver (Cover Design) , Russell Smith (Cover Design)
Paperback: 102 pages
Publisher: Aeronaut Books (May 11, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1935881159
ISBN-13: 978-1935881155
Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.5 x 0.3 inches
Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces

This book describes and illustrates Germany's Triplane Craze of 1917 with more than 145 rare, contemporary photos, 9 color photos, 44 color profiles, performance specifications and production data. The origins of German triplane and multiplane fighter designs are discussed in the context of the evolving combat environment. Scale Drawings of the Aviatik 30.24, Brandenburg L 16, Fokker V8, Friedrichshafen FF54, and the Schütte-Lanz Dr.I to 1/48 scale are included in the book's 102 pages. The book is of interest to aviation historians, enthusiasts, and modelers alike.
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Gotha Aircraft of WWI
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A Centennial Perspective on Great War Airplanes (Great War Aviation Centennial Series) (Volume 6)
by Jack Herris (Author) , Bob Pearson (Illustrator) , Aaron Weaver (Cover Design)
Paperback: 198 pages
Publisher: Aeronaut Books (May 7, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1935881140
ISBN-13: 978-1935881148
Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds

This book describes and illustrates the development of Gotha warplanes in WWI with more than 285 rare, contemporary photos, 28 color profiles, performance specifications, and production data. The origin and evolution of Gotha designs are discussed in the context of the German strategic situation and the evolving combat environment. Scale drawings of the Gotha LE3 and LE4 to 1/48 scale and the Gotha UWD, WD7, WD11, and WD14 to 1/72 scale are included in the book's 198 pages. The book is of interest to aviation historians, enthusiasts, and modelers alike.
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Russian Aces of World War 1
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(Aircraft of the Aces)
by Victor Kulikov (Author), Harry Dempsey (Illustrator)
Paperback: 96 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing (April 23, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 178096059X
ISBN-13: 978-1780960593
Shipping Weight: 11 ounces

Based on rich collections housed at the National Archive, the Center of Military History, and at the Vietnam Archive at Texas Tech, Voices from America's "Failed Crusade" will trace the American experience of Vietnam from the war's popular inception to its morale-crushing and bitter conclusion. Being careful to demonstrate that the Vietnam War was actually several different wars both in time and in space, Voices from America's "Failed Crusade" will allow the reader a grunt's-eye view of the conflict - from the steaming rice paddies and swamps of the Mekong Delta, to the triple-canopy rainforest of the Central Highlands, to the forlorn Marine bases that dotted the DMZ. The stories contained within Voices from America's "Failed Crusade" will detail everything from heroism to fragging, from helicopters hitting the LZs to rampant drug use. It will be a true and grippingly accurate portrait of the American war in Vietnam through the eyes of the men and women who fought in that far away land.
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Irish Aviators of World War I
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by Joe C Gleeson
Series: Irish Aviators of World War I
Paperback: 532 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent
Publishing Platform (April 4, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1480082325
ISBN-13: 978-1480082328
Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds

A history of the Irish aces of World War I and their contribution to the Allied victory.
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The Bad Boy: Bert Hall, Aviator and Mercenary of the Skies
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Blaine L Pardoe (Author)
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Fonthill Media (February 5, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1781551308
ISBN-13: 978-1781551301
Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 0.9 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds

Bert Hall was one of America's first combat aviators and went on to become a film director, actor, and writer. The author has unearthed new material including photographs and incredible details on the amazing exploits of Bert Hall.
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Albatros D.I-D.II
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(Air Vanguard)
James Miller (Author, Illustrator)
Paperback: 64 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing (January 22, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1780965990
ISBN-13: 978-1780965994
Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.2 x 9.7 inches
Shipping Weight: 8 ounces

In 1916 German aerial domination had been lost to the French and British fighters. German fighter pilots requested an aircraft that was more powerful and more heavily armed, and the Albatros design bureau set to work on what was to become an iconic aircraft design. By April 1916, they had developed the Albatros D.I, that featured the usual Albatros semi-monocoque wooden construction with a 160hp Mercedes engine and two forward-firing machine guns. Alongside the development of the D.I, Albatros had also designed and built a second machine that was similar to the D.I - the Albatros D.II. Although there were several external differences between the two aircraft, it is important to note that these machines evolved simultaneously and that the D.II was not the result of post-combat feedback from D.I pilots. With the inclusion of these aircraft into their reorganized air force, Germany was able to regain control of the skies by autumn 1916. Along with the later designs they inspired, the Albatros D.I and D.II were instrumental in allowing the Germans to prosecute their domination through 'Bloody April' and well into the summer months that followed.
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Hero of the Angry Sky
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The World War I Diary and Letters of David S.Ingalls, America's First Naval Ace
Geoffrey L. Rossano (Author), William F. Trimble (Foreword)
Hardcover: 350 pages
Publisher: Ohio University Press; 1 edition (January 15, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0821420186
ISBN-13: 978-0821420188

Hero of the Angry Sky draws on the unpublished diaries, correspondence, informal memoir, and other personal documents of the U.S. Navy's only flying "ace" of World War I to tell his unique story. David S. Ingalls was a prolific writer, and virtually all of his World War I aviation career is covered, from the teenager's early, informal training in Palm Beach, Florida, to his exhilarating and terrifying missions over the Western Front. This edited collection of Ingalls's writing details the career of the U.S. Navy's most successful combat flyer from that conflict. While Ingalls's wartime experiences are compelling at a personal level, they also illuminate the larger, but still relatively unexplored, realm of early U.S. naval aviation. Ingalls's engaging correspondence offers a rare personal view of the evolution of naval aviation during the war, both at home and abroad. There are no published biographies of navy combat flyers from this period, and just a handful of diaries and letters in print, the last appearing more than twenty years ago. Ingalls's extensive letters and diaries add significantly to historians' store of available material.
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